Fantasy Slant: Martellus Bennett to the Green Bay Packers

By Matt Johnson on Friday, March 10th 2017
Fantasy Slant: Martellus Bennett to the Green Bay Packers

It all seemed quiet in Green Bay. Jared Cook reportedly broke off talk with the Packers and questions begun to arise about what Green Bay would do to fill the tight end void. Then, for the first time in five years, Ted Thompson signed an unrestricted free agent and he went big with Martellus Bennett.

The "Black Unicorn" comes to Green Bay after a great stint with the New England Patriots, where he posted 55 catches for 701 yards and seven touchdowns. Serving as New England's No.2 tight end, Bennett performed exceptionally and walked away with a Super Bowl ring.

Now in Green Bay, Bennett instantly becomes a top-seven fantasy tight end. While he doesn't have the athleticism of Cook, he is an overall far better player and brings more to this offense than Cook does, in addition to more consistency. He'll be featured heavily in the red zone, where last season he posted an 81.8 percent catch rate and had the seventh-most red zone receptions.

Aaron Rodgers loved having a reliable tight end last season and he'll now have an even better option there in 2017. The yardage totals may not pop out, but Bennett could have 10 touchdowns this season and give a respectable floor for receiving yards. Given the current landscape at tight end, there's a good argument to make for him near the top-five.

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